Andy Larson graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Minnesota – Saint Paul. This career path has led Larson to practice his machinery and manufacturing expertise in many industries. He’s helped to keep hearts beating with parts designed for pacemakers and defibrillators. He’s helped keep sandpaper sharp and light bulbs protected. He’s even supervised 11 mechanics in the maintenance and servicing of mixing, canning, cooking and casing equipment that produced 45 million cans of SPAM luncheon meat annually.
Larson brought his expertise to Benz and has since served a dual focus: designing and building machines to specifically manufacture and process Benz products onsite, as well as machines that help Benz customers make their own final products.
In addition to his experience and drive, Larson takes Thomas Edison’s approach to problem solving: if you can’t find what you’re looking for, create it. And when the combination proves successful, he gleans ultimate satisfaction from seeing his machines work – and hearing the same from customers.
When not creating something new at Benz, Larson likes to listen to Jimmy Buffet, Willy Nelson and Minnesota band, Owl City. He likes playing hockey and watching the Vikings, Twins and Marauders. Larson also likes to travel to his favorite destination: wherever he hasn’t been already!